1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Model 1895 Enlisted Men's Forage Cap
L Company 22nd Infantry
In 1895 the US Army introduced a
new style forage cap,
replacing the previous style, which had been worn since 1858.
This new style was 3 1/4 inches
high and was cylindrically cut,
resembling a railroad conductor's cap of the period.
This style of cap is often called the "pillbox" cap.
It had metal side buttons and a leather chin strap with a metal buckle.
The 1895 cap was official issue for 7 years until superceded by the Model 1902 dress cap.
This cap was part of the display
artifacts of 1st Battalion at Fort Hood,
and is now on display at Fort Carson. It was secured by and donated by
the webmaster of the 1st Battalion website.
Front view of the cap,
showing the leather visor and chin strap.
The insignia is of the 1875-1905 style, and is for Company L 22nd US Infantry.
Left side view of the cap, showing the side button and chin strap buckle.
Right side of the cap.
Rear view of the cap.
Infantry Sergeant of the 22nd Infantry.
Wearing his Model 1874 campaign coat,
and Model 1872 trousers with white Infantry branch stripe for
this Sgt is holding his Model 1895 forage cap. His cap is well blocked and shaped for the photograph.
When viewing the original picture under
the 22 above the crossed rifles on his cap could be easily seen;
however, his Company letter could not be determined.
The original photograph was part of the
display in the Regimental Room
of the 1st Battalion at Fort Hood, and is now on display at Fort Carson.
It was secured by and donated by the webmaster of the 1st Batalion website.
Enlisted men of Company F 22nd Infantry at Fort Crook, Nebraska
All are wearing the Model 1895 forage cap.
An illustration from 1899 showing
Colonel Charles Wikoff, Commanding Officer 22nd Infantry Regiment
wearing the officer's version of the Model 1895 forage cap.
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